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Help Stop the EPA's Attack on Lifesaving Mercury Safeguards!

It’s well known that mercury is extremely hazardous to children — damaging their brains and reducing their ability to think and learn. Now, President Trump’s EPA is sabotaging lifesaving standards that limits the amount of mercury pollution that oil-fired and coal-fired power plants can release into our air.

The EPA is holding a public hearing on this outrageous proposal in Washington, D.C, on Monday, March 18. Help fight for common-sense safeguards to reduce toxic mercury pollution — attend this hearing and show your opposition to the EPA’s dangerous proposed rollback of lifesaving mercury Standards!

The deadline to register with EPA to testify at the hearing is Thursday, March 14! If you’re unable to testify sign up to attend.

Want more information, or not sure what to say when you testify? Here are some helpful talking points:

  1. The health, economic, and environmental benefits of these mercury pollution standards are immense for all of us.

  2. They cut up to 90 percent of mercury emitted by coal power plants, and reduce other types of dangerous power plant pollutants, like lead and fire particulates, which can trigger asthma attacks

  3. They prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths, 4,700 heart attacks, 5,700 hospital visits, 130,000 asthma attacks, and 540,000 sick days every single year

  4. They deliver annual health benefits of an estimated $90 billion

  5. Their benefits greatly outweigh compliance costs for industry — for every dollar spent to reduce toxic pollution from power plants, the American public sees $9 in health benefits

If you can’t make it to the hearing, you can still make a difference by:


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